Pope Marcellus II Dies After 22 Days

Pope Marcellus II Dies After 22 Days

Pope Marcellus II
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Pope Marcellus II dies after one of the shortest reigns in the history of the Catholic Church: 22 days. The other notable distinction of Pope Marcellus II is that he was the last pope to retain his birth name after the papal election.

Pope Marcellus II had made plans to start an ambitious program for reform and work to end abuses such as nepotism and excessively rich lifestyles of church officials, but he has a stroke before anything can be done.

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